Looking back at 2014, all I can say is: It's Been A Roller Coaster!
It started with finishing Back to December and getting that published on time, which I'm happy to say happened. The cover is gorgeous, the story...very different from my original idea, Anna and Cooper are two characters you won't soon forget.
NaNoWriMo is right around the corner, less than a month away, and I am woefully unprepared. I haven't yet figured out my writing schedule, or created a basic outline for my project, or really given much thought to the whole thing in general.
In light of my last post Oh Baby...Changes..., I feel this post is especially fitting. Finding time to fit in some writing time, quality or otherwise, has become quite the adventure. So I'm happy to sit down and revisit my projects and my process.
Thank you to Martha Reynolds for tagging me. At the end of this post, I'm supposed to tag three others...
Here are the questions:
When 2014 began, I sat down at my desk and did what many, many people do...I made my New Year's Resol... errr ... 2014 Goal List, like I have every other year. Some of my goals were: finish BACK TO DECEMBER (check!), publish BACK TO DECEMBER (check!), find a better family/writing balance (not so check). The 2014 Goal List went through a couple changes as the days went on and as I came to realize my dreams were bigger than my reality.
I took a vacation this summer from everything writing-related. My littles were off for the summer and after busting my bootie to get Back to December out the door, I knew I needed a break -- not only for myself, but also for them. We traveled, we played, we chilled and we had fun. The summer flew by and last week they started school. My oldest little is in third grade and my littlest little is in morning kindergarten, which gives me about three uninterrupted hours of writing time...or at least it should. Projects that have gathered dust all summer are now screaming for my attention.
My second novel Back to December is published! I am so relieved to have it done and out there, but also a little nervous - and a lot excited!
It’s been another incredible journey, one that started last April and took me down many dead end roads and several weeks of blocks. The end product is so different from how I originally envisioned Anna & Cooper's story, but it's a great story, the right story, their story and I couldn't be happier with it!
Here is the blurb:
After the best first date ever, Lee thought Laura was funny, intelligent, and impulsive; a whirlwind of bright laughter and happiness. Laura loved Lee's sweet smile and the way he expertly filled in every awkward pause. He held her hand and then pulled her in for the most perfect kiss she’s had in years. What could possibly be wrong? Just the 7000 miles that separates them the next day.
Thanks to an abusive mother and an absent father, Anna Blackhurst has only known the love of two people: her Gram and her best friend, Niki.
When Anna meets Cooper Reed in a smoky club, she’s immediately drawn to his good looks but isn’t prepared to open herself up to a relationship. As time passes, Anna finds herself falling in love with Cooper and she begins to rethink her future. Maybe, despite her childhood, she can have a happy-ever-after.
Who hasn’t wondered about their first love? What happened? What went wrong? Where are they now?
What if you got a second chance?
Amelia Armstrong is about to find out. What a shame her long-lost love, Matt, has returned (looking way too good and acting way too sweet) when her life is a shambles and she has finally decided once and for all to put herself and not whichever man is currently in her life, first.